Xanax provides a physical effect that can help contribute to mental and emotional effects as well. Given in the right dosages, the medication helps suppress chemical activity within the brain and central nervous system, resulting in a calming effect. However, unwanted side effects often accompany Xanax usage. Common, but minor symptoms include headache, nausea, dry mouth, and drowsiness.
In rare cases, people develop allergic reactions to Xanax, which may induce facial and neck swelling or hives.
Short Term Use
During the first few days of use, people taking Xanax may feel sleepy and somewhat uncoordinated. It does not take long for the body to adjust the drug, making it less potent over time. Because of this, The Food and Drug Administration has only approved Xanax for short term use in patients for a period of up to 8 weeks.
When Xanax is abused, it can lead to much more serious side effects. Large dosages of Xanax taken along with other substances can induce serious health complications, such as:
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Lower threshold of pain
- Respiratory suppression
Overdosing on Xanax with or without another substance can lead to:
In addition to the physical effects of Xanax, the medication can induce mental and emotional effects as well. Especially when taken in large dosages, this drug can cause lowered inhibitions, cognitive learning impairments, and an overall state of euphoria.